Current Exhibitions

2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence
Gabriel Dawe 

Fields of Light
September 22  – December 30, 2018

Member Preview: September 21

Cheekwood welcomes Gabriel Dawe as its 2018 Artist-in-Residence. Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, shapes and forms. Centered in the exploration of textiles, Dawe’s site-specific works feature three-dimensional, tangible prisms of light and color.

Toys and Traditions: A 1930s Christmas

November 23 – December 30, 2018
Cheekwood will feature a special holiday exhibit, Toys and Traditions: Christmas in the 1930s beginning Friday, November 23. The exhibit will highlight key decorations from the 1930s, vintage advertisements and toys of the era, and replicas of Christmas cards sent by the Cheeks. The exhibit will be displayed throughout the mansion, and will be on view during regular operating hours as well as Holiday LIGHTS and Holiday at Cheekwood.

Continuity of Context: Five Artists in Dialogue with Cheekwood’s Collection

September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Member Preview: September 21

Jeremiah Ariaz, Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood, Jack Spencer, Vadis Turner and selections from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection

For the Fall 2018 exhibition, Cheekwood has invited Tennessee-based and regional artists to collapse the notion of contemporary and bring to the fore the ever-evolving cycle of art production and the tropes that have remained consistent throughout time. Alicia Henry, Alex Lockwood and Vadis Turner, all Nashville artists, will be producing new work responding to pieces in our permanent collection. Jeremiah Ariaz and Jack Spencer’s photographs will be presented alongside the John and Margaret Hill Collection, which explores myths about the American West. Showcasing the work of living artists tackling similar conceptual and visual conversations demonstrates the enduring relevance of themes and so, the exhibition endeavors to initiate a dialogue between historic and contemporary art and continue a cycle of creative inspiration and response.

Scout of the Caravan, oil on fabric by Oscar E. Berninghaus. Gift of the Estate of John and Margaret Hill. 1994.19.22

Upcoming Exhibitions

Orchids in the Mansion

January 30, 2019 – March 3, 2019

The orchid exhibition at Cheekwood this February will feature a stylized interpretation of a classical orangery and occupy the historic loggia with large palms, tropical foliage and an array of colorful orchids. The orchids will also be displayed throughout the historically redecorated Mansion and present a series of period room interventions to explore how the Cheek family likely brought nature indoors and decorated their home. Miltoniopsis, Cymbidium, and Phalaenopsis orchids will be featured, among others.

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition
February 2  – March 2, 2019

Since 1992 Cheekwood has had the honor of presenting the Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition for Middle Tennessee. The Scholastic Art Competition is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to receive recognition for excellence in visual arts.

The 2019 competition opens for online submissions in September and closes on December 13. See Scholastic’s “How to Enter” webpage for instructions on submitting works.

More information on the 2019 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition will be available soon.

Click here to see a list of the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Award Winners.

Click here to access the Middle Tennessee Art Region page, which contains deadlines and further information on participation.

Click here to see previous year’s winning works on Scholastic’s Online Gallery.

Derived from the Decorative: Works by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries

February 2, 2019 – June 9, 2019

In the spring of 2019 Cheekwood will present an exhibition featuring work by Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbaijan), Beth Lipman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Bouke de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The exhibition consists of artists and designers who take cues from decorative arts traditions yet invert the precepts by blurring the space between functional forms and art forms. The exhibition will celebrate the work of a national and international group of artists who look at traditional decorative arts as a point of departure for contemporary creations. The artists in this show challenge the idea of historically informed notions of craft and provide a contemporary entry point into the space between fine and decorative art. Through recognizable visual traditions, the works destabilize perceptions of the familiar. Integrating traditional fabrication methods along with digital contributions, the exhibition will present works that embrace a wide spectrum of time.

Bouke de Vries, Peacock I, 2015. Ceramic. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary.

Diana Al-Hadid

May 18, 2019 – November 20, 2019

Presented in collaboration with the Frist Art Museum.

Diana Al-Hadid, The Grotto Gradiva and Citadel, 2017-2018. Image from Williams College Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter.

Childhood Classics

100 Years of Children’s Book Illustrations from the Art Kandy Collection
Curated by Lee Cohen & Lois Sarkisian
Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions

June 22, 2019 – September 1, 2019

With over 140 original works included from over 75 books, Childhood Classics explores the history of children’s books from the turn of the century pen and ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems. The exhibition features the original art of Dr. Seuss, the iconic Wild Things of Maurice Sendak and the perennial heroism of Garth Williams’ Stuart Little. Among the many classic illustrators featured are Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Chris Van Allsburg and Hilary Knight. Fondly remembered characters of literature include Babar, Eloise, Madeline, the Cat in the Hat and Dick & Jane. Extensive wall labels illuminate the works.

Europa’s Daughters

Elaine Reichek

September 14, 2019 – January 6, 2020

Elaine Reichek, __The Rape of Europa (Titian), 2015–16. Tapestry.

2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence David Brooks

September 21, 2019 – January 12, 2020

David Brooks, A Proverbial Machine in the Garden, 2013. Dynahoe tractor, concrete, earth, landscaping and steel grates.  Image from Storm King Art Center.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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